SIHH 2011: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
At SIHH 2011, Audemars Piguet unveiled three new versions within their iconic Royal Oak Offshore collection. The new design is more understated than the audacious Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix, which was unveiled this time last year. The new Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs use flat pushers, like those on the famous Ruben Barrichello ROO timepiece.
Three new versions are available, one is stainless steel, one in forged carbon and one in pink gold - all have a hard black ceramic bezel. The Offshore collection now has a sapphire exhibition caseback, like the Jarno Trulli ROO (hopefully, the sapphire caseback will become a standard feature). This allows the wearer to easily admire the beautifully hand finished 3126 in-house AP chronograph movement, including the signature partially skeletonized rotor.
The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is a classic sports timepiece, and the 44 mm is the standard diameter of the case, but subtle details create a more modern look; and the exhibition caseback, flat pushers and great color schemes make for a really appealing look.